Norris, a teacher at Danvers High, praised assistant coaches Ann Rose Willis and Ryan Yurchik, volunteers Randy Bird and Geoff Calderone and girls coach Sharyn Longo for doing a wonderful job. He and his wife Janet have three children: Michael, Brenda and Christina.
Over his 23 years as indoor track coac,h Dave Jellerson has built a perennial powerhouse in Beverly. The girls posted a 7-0 record and won the Northeastern Conference again this winter.
Jellerson has an incredible 178-11 career record indoors with 13 Northeastern Conference titles. He has also been very successful as cross country and spring track coach for the Panthers, and is a member of the Beverly Hall of Fame committee.
“We were a blue collar team that came together,” said Jellerson. “The girls worked as a team, and their versatility allowed us to move people around to fill in holes in different events.
“I really didn’t think we would be as strong as we turned out to be when the season started. Marblehead, Peabody, and Swampscott all had very good teams in our conference; we faced real tough competition. Having people like Kristen O’Connor and Caitlin Harty step it up certainly helped us. Kristen averaged 11 ½ points per meet.
“This group showed what you can do if you work hard every day. They made my job easier.”
Since Lauryn Ginsburg took over the gymnastics program four years ago, the Panthers have gone a combined 31-5 in regular season meets. A former BHS gymnast herself, Ginsburg guided Beverly to another undefeated season and Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League title.
“I didn’t necessarily have any sort of expectations when I took over four seasons ago other than for the girls to always put forth 110 percent as well as to have fun,” noted the 27-year-old Ginsburg. “I started my first season 4-5, but the last three seasons going 9-0, 9-0 and 8-0 has been amazing. We have a lot of depth that has led to our success.”